Hello stampers. Yes, I am still alive and yes, I am still blogging. However, when you are building a new house and you have to make tons of decisions without a bottomless pit of money you do get a little strapped on time! I do miss connecting with you regularly, so I am finally buckling down and sharing some great cards using one of my favourite suites. Tropical Escape suite is just so lush and fresh. I really love how this bundle pulls everything together and makes it super easy to make beautiful cards. That really is the beauty of a bundle.


I always tell my team members to make their purchases one bundle at a time rather than spreading themselves out with just a little bit of everything. The colours in the cardstock pack and the designer series paper revolve around Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce. Now I’m not sure I would have put those colours together all on my own, but they look fabulous together! There are three leaves in the stamp set and five leaf framelits in the die collection. There are 24, yes, 24! different patterns in the Tropical Escape 6×6″ designer series paper pack. The Tropical elements wood pieces and the textured weave ribbon that are in this suite are not used in these cards but they are both very pretty. You can find all this beauty on page 120 and 121 of the annual catalog.


Enough talk, let’s take a look at the beautiful cards made with this suite. Thankfully I had these three cards in my stash thanks to swaps I participated in. The first one is made by my friend Kay Smith from Newfoundland.


Fresh and beautiful card using granny apple green, blushing bride and shaded spruce.


Here is a closeup of the beautiful detail in this Tropical Escape card.


Stunning foliage in the Tropical Escape Suiite


The next card is by the talented Cheryl Hamilton. She actually lives in Hawaii!! She made a matchbook style card. I have never actually made a card like this and I really like it. Time to get out of the card-making box! Do you find yourself making the same style of card over and over?


Matchbook style card using Tropical Escape.


Here is a close-up of the detail in this lovely card. Can you see how nice these colours work together? When you use the patterned paper as your inspiration you don’t need to figure out anything on your own. I like that!


Lots of layers on this great card. They make it look like a framed work of art.


The last card is by Canada’s own talented Kim McGillis who is on the international Artisan Team. This is a stunning black and white card stamped on shimmer white cardstock. The picture will not do it justice at all! There is a little scrap of polka dot tulle ribbon, some black mini sequin trim and some leaves behind the sentiment.


MOnochromatic Tropical Escape card on shimmer white cardstock.


We are going to make these cards at coffee and a card on Tuesday. Be prepared to divide your group into different assignments, there is a lot of detail in each of these cards, more than the usual style for coffee and a card mornings! I find that when I haven’t made the card personally I sometimes underestimate how much work and steps went into them. Thanks ladies for these beautiful cards.


If you would like to add any of these great things to your crafting stash and you live in Canada, I would love for you to order from me. If you already have a demonstrator, please support them! If you do choose to order online I would ask one more favour, please do use the current host code. This enables me to add other orders to the same workshop so that host benefits can be earned. This helps me keep the cost of my classes down. Did you know that you can place your own order of $200 and get host benefits all by yourself? A better idea if you were planning on spending that kind of cash is to just get the starter kit. In that case you get to pick out $165 worth of product and pay only $135. No shipping. No tax. If you were to spend $165 on a regular order you would be paying $205.10, so you can easily see the benefit of getting the starter kit. After that beautiful box arrives at your place, you can also get a 20% discount on any further orders you might place in the next six months. How awesome is that? Definitely something worth considering. Here is the host code:



Thanks for reading all the way to the end. Have a super day. Stamping hugs, Jackie



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